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good thing. i am bill o'reilly. the spin stops right here because we're definitely looking out for you. >> gregg: i'm gregg jarrett. >> julie: i'm julie banderas. welcome to the news headquarters topping the news, several deaths stranded trains, delayed flights and about a million people without power. this after a nasty storm system rips through the mid-atlantic states and it is not over yet. we'll tell you where the wicked weather is headed next. >> house speaker nancy pelosi now saying she is confident she has the votes to push through the president's health care overhaul and very soon. republicans say not so fast. in depth analysis and fair and balanced debate. >> after israel snubbed the vice
president, benjamin netanyahu offers an apology. the fallout in how it affects the relationship with the middle eastern ally. >> gregg: we begin with the uphill battle to pass health care reform. shifting to high gear. it's touch and go. chief vote counter in the house of representatives saying there is not enough votes to pass the plan. president obama delaying his trip to asia to lobby democrats who be sitting on the fence right now. days away from the vote, team obama pushing for a yes vote on health care reform. julie, how confident is the white house about passage now of the health care legislation? >> well, white house officials do sound confident. david alex rod and robert gibbs saying the bill will pass this week. the white house is sending out the troops to make sure that
happens. secretary of transportation, ray la hood who is former member of congress, he is appealing to fiscal conservatives and pro-life dems. we caught up with la hood this afternoon. >> i was in the house for 14 years. it's not a matter of flipping, it's a matter of voting for a good bill. the health care bill is a good bill. it really provides health care for people who don't have it. >> reporter: so david axelrod said the final push in the final days will be a struggle. yes, pretty harsh words for health insurance lobbyists, calling them locusts and doing everything they can to muscle people into voting no. >> gregg: if there aren't enough locusts on capitol hill already. i take from your remarks that the votes aren't there today. what is the president doing now
to win over dems who are still undecided. >> reporter: it's amazing, it's been a year long push, you are trying to win over votes and public support. he heads to ohio for another campaign style health care events to drive his message home just like in the campaign. he'll meet there with a woman who is a cancer patient. white house said she had to choose between health insurance or keeping her house. >> gregg: is there a timetable in trying to get the votes passed? >> reporter: the president leaves the coming week. house speaker pelosi says it will pass. and the senate will still have to pass so we're looking about a week or ten days before it's wrapped up. >> gregg: julie kirtz live in washington. >> julie: soaking rain and gusty winds pounding the northeast
this weekend. in new york, uprooted trees and downed power lines. what a mess the storm left behind. power was knocked out to half a million heoms. emergency calls overwhelmed 911 operators and they rushed to restore electricity to consumer's. laura ingle has all the latest. hi, there lawyer are ra. >> brian: this is town that is no stranger to flooding and especially when big storms like last night came through. locals know to get to bat on down the hatches. many of the people we've been talking to, last night was certainly different. some local residents and business owners had to be rescued by kayak by the fire department. the streets turned into rivers when the rain and wind didn't stop. trees and power lines were down. shingles and siding was everywhere. power was knocked out, up to
500,000 were in the dark. many will not get their power on for the next few days, we've been told. many were watching the water line rising by their heoms. we met a person, he was dealing with the mess in his backyard patio and work shed that was swallowed in the water. the worst in years, he said and also even marks on the wall. >> we take things below three feet and get them up on the work benches. anything expensive like the table saw we keep up high. we've learned to live with it and haven't lost any equipment. >> brian: this is pretty big watermark in what happened last night? >> it's pretty huge. >> reporter: in stat on island
they had to call in extra 911 operators. it kloshered from states from maine to virginia and snarling travel plans. passengers were delayed for hours. many had flights cancelled. rail riders feeling the effect. road travel has been a nightmare with closures and detours. one person in connecticut lost their live while driving. one died in new york, one died in new jersey. beach erosion, it's been a huge problem along the new jersey shore. there is one guy out there searching for metal it on looks like. they had to get 50 million cubic yards of sand. think how much sand that is? that is enough to fill up the stadium 21 times. so when strong storms happen it is not good news for a lot of people. >> julie: thank you very much.
>> gregg: what is next for this vicious storm system? people in new england bracing for heavy rain there. and potential for severe flooding. domenica davis is live in the fox news extreme weather center. >> about three-quarters of way done with the storm. from the mid-atlantic up to new england. what we have to get through is tonight and the first part of tomorrow and then we can say goodbye to the system. heaviest rain is over in new england. just as advertised they are getting in on an inch to two inches per hour. this is going to last through tonight. then tomorrow this system finally starts to lose its grip. winds have come down which is good. we are hanging on fairly decent wind gusts, 15-20 miles an hour. this will start to diminish by late tonight and early tomorrow morning, as well. it shows this storm pulling away
on monday, finally, but notice this system does have lingering showers to the south of it much of the day on monday and even into tuesday. we still have showers in the appalachians, but the worst of it will end by tomorrow morning. so a little bit to go with this system. >> gregg: all right. domenica davis, thanks very much. >> julie: moving on to a different type of storm, the storm brewing in washington over the bitter battle over health care. it is pitting the democrats against the republicans, even putting some democrats against democrats. the dems promising, though, to reform the health care industry and gop is vowing to stop them in their tracks. could this be the wedge driving both parties apart? joining me now for a fair and balanced debate, congressman timothy murphy from pennsylvania
and congressman elliot engle, a democrat from new york and energy committee and subcommittee for health. thank you very much for coming in on a messy weekend. the count is still five votes short of what is needed for passage, 211 for, 220 against. he had democratic congressman advice van hollen on this morning. he says he feels the people will that are dragging their feet to go in. >> the votes will be there. what is happening our members are going back home to their constituents who are opening up their mail and getting huge increases in their insurance premiums. they recognize doing nothing is not an option. big business and small business has recognized that. the momentum is building. when the vote comes, i am
confident there will be a majority. >> julie: are you confident there will be a majority. is he realistic? >> i think the realistic thing we should be paying tweangs to the votes across the nation. i sent out in my district, 700,000 pieces of mail and i have received tens of thousands pieces back in e-mails. i had 225 town hall meetings. my district, which is majority of democrats, is opposed by over two to one margin. people are deeply concerned with all the number games in this, it's still an increase by borrowing by this phony fund, taking money out of social security. $500 billion from medicare. we're talking $600 billion of debts we're going to have to incur here. they are concerned that the president's campaign promises, to attacking hillary clinton for
wanting to mandate health insurance, that you had to carry it or john mccain for taxing the insurance plan, that the promises are broken. america says they want it fixed. they want democrats and republicans to do it. >> julie: nancy pelosi claims that the democrats are in the home states this weekend and listening to constituents and they will turn things around. we all know nancy pelosi, she can get votes. but there are democrats that still remain against the bill. i guess i'm trying to figure out how this weekend is going to make any difference in convincing even democrats who disagree with this bill. >> this is major bill. i think the democrats, we understand there is need for health care reform. not all people may like exactly what is in the bill. democrats want health care reform. right now, too many people are being denied coverage because they have a so-called
preexisting condition. if someone loses their job or changes their job they lose their insurance. companies are imposing lifetime caps and they will not insure people. there are people that paid premiums and when they get sick, they say they are not covered. that has to stop. i'm sorry it has gotten down to this, but the republicans have just said no to everything right down the line. some of my republican colleagues have said, why don't you go slower, take it incrementally, do that kind of reform? i would say respectfully, republicans were in control for six years and they never touched health care reform. they were satisfied with the system the way it is. we're not. you can pick apart a bill and fail a whole bunch of things. it is controversial because there has been so many misperceptions and mistruths about the bill, i'm surprised
that some people are for it or aren't for it. i haven't committed to absolutely for it because the devil is in the details. i want to see the language and then i'll make my decision. we need health care. >> we are saying we need health care reform. i know we need health care reform. costs are out of control. the issues with the insurance company, i agree we have problems with the insurance companies. >> julie: what measures are the democrats going to take to get their health care reform. you say pelosi will get votes by promises of taxpayer money to buy votes behind the scene. if it was such a good product, why was a billion dollars spent on buying votes, your words not mine. one republican accused pelosi of thinking about bending the rules
and making it so there is not a direct vote on the senate health care bill. could she pondering that? >> there are a lot of people complaining that this bill is going through reconciliation in the senate. since 1981, republican presidents have signed 14 of the 19 reconciliation bills. reconciliation was done under republican congresses for welfare reform and bush tax cuts. these are done over time. to pretend that somehow arms are being twisted and it was never done. i remember hattert twisting arms when they kept the bill open until 5:00 in the morning on medicare "d", done by republicans with arm twisting. so its pious attitude, that we don't twist arms. that is the way it works in
washington. >> it's really a good idea. you shouldn't have to bully members. i am absolutely committed to working on health care. let's fix this, but america is saying this is not the version. let's hope we can come to some conclusion that work and not have a trillion dollar plan that is going to hurt the american people. >> julie: congressmen, thank you very much for talking to us. >> gregg: rising floodwaters in central iowa forcing some folks living there to search for higher ground. the a town already underwater. heavy snow making it more fit for water fowl, ducks are floating down the street. red cross opening a shelter looking to get relief. some people have to stay put. floating chunks of ice trapping many families inside their heoms and making it impossible to even get out. >> julie: new video coming in
from arizona. take a look at this. a horse stranded on an island in the middle of a river for two days. horseback riders were trying to cross the river when they were swept away. so there were several horses trying to cross the river. this one, who is named colorado, by the way, did not. rescuers have been trying to reach this horse but its difficult task. now, they are going to try again. one of the horses lost their lives in trying to cross the river. in the meantime, they think the horse is safe on the island and has the grasses to graze on. >> julie: also in arizona, a dramatic rescue, amazing videotape coming in. a helicopter coming to the aid of couple fishermen and four-year-old boy. they were fishing in at a lake and the expedition turned into high stress. strong current in the lake causing the fishermen to lose
control of boat. it eventually got stuck. they pulled the stranded crew one by one. air lift taking them high over the lake and finally onto safety of dry ground. >> julie: nancy pelosi she has a can do attitude when it comes to overhauling the nation's health care system. she is confident she can squeeze out the votes. is she jumping the gun? we'll see if the numbers add up, after the break. aren't absorbed properly unless taken with food. he recommended citracal. it's different -- it's calcium citrate, so it can be absorbed with or without food. citracal. [ bride ] the wedding was just days away but my smile just wasn't white enough. now what? [ female announcer ] new crest 3d white professional effects whitestrips. it's professional-level whiting. start seeing results in 3 days. new crest 3d white professional effects whitestrips.
>> julie: taking a look at the top stories. heoms and cars underwater after heavy rain and melting snow causing major flooding in west virginia. state's governor had to declare a state of emergency for 34 counties. right now votes are being counted in iraq. it's been a week after the election was held. and current tally shows nouri al-maliki's party is leading in in some of the provinces. in afghanistan, the governor of kandahar demanding more security after dozens of deadly explosions rocked the territory.
they say its warning to nato's top general that they are ready for an upcoming offensive. >> gregg: president obama's push to reform health care industry is weighing heavy on nancy pelosi. she says she is confident she'll have the votes to get it through, but there are certainly sceptics and among them michael from the washington examiner, she fox news contributor. michael, look pelosi has a sterling reputation as good as it comes in counting votes. you're better for my money, you say the math doesn't add up. tell me why. >> she is in touch with her democratic members, but we had one vote in the house on health care measure. 39 democrats voted no. 37 of them are still around, one resigned and one switched
parties, but the fact is, it would appear there are more yes votes moving in the direction of no than no votes moving in the direction of yes. those members who voted no last november have a political safe harbor. this is an unpopular measure nationally and unpopular in the districts of the marginal districts. obama is below the level he was in november. i think it's uphill for nancy pelosi. she has the skills and got the contacts but we've got some 34 members on the hill saying they are against it. >> gregg: is bart stupak the key here? >> he was potentially one of the keys. he was the sponsor of this amendment which speaker pelosi allowed to vote on in the last minute in november. she didn't want to, which barred
spending through these insurance policies on abortion. she is saying she is not going to vote for that. of course, the house members are being asked to vote for the senate bill. that does not include the stupak amendment language, it includes the corn husker kickback and louisiana purchase, to help particular states. that is not going to help marginal democratic members. they have no members from nebraska and one from louisiana. >> gregg: and stupak amendment on abortion can't be used under reconciliation which invites another question. the senate democrats are promising we'll fix the things you don't like to your satisfaction through reconciliation if you just vote for our existing bill. here is what you write about that. quote, there is no way democratic leaders can credibly promise the senate will pass it. senate rules allow many forms of obstruction. the reconciliation process is
littered with traps. michael, would it be foolish for a member of the house cast a vote based on a promise? >> from the point of view from a house member, they are being asked to vote on the senate bill to some of the things that are obnoxious to them and at the same time to their constituents. at the same time they are being asked to jump off the cliff. her ri reid says i'll have a safety net for you. there is no guarantee. listen to congresswoman shelly berkeley. i don't trust the senate to punch her way out of a paper bag. she is from nevada, harry reid's home state where president obama got 64% vote. even shelly is saying i don't trust the senate. when you canvas house members, you'll find very few of them trust the senate to live up to the promises. given the rulings, it's
realistic. >> gregg: does she have house members, democrats she is holding in reserve, the folks that voted no originally, might split or a little fungible? >> i expect she does have votes in her pocket but we know it's not as many as 10-12 votes. she would not have allowed the stupak amendment was to be voted on which was opposed by members of her caucus had he is not needed the ten votes at that time. she doesn't have more than ten votes in her pocket ready to spring open while the role call is going on. >> gregg: if you are a betting man, would you say or bet she is not going to get the 216 magical number? >> right now, i would bet that way. i wouldn't spend the winnings.
it's tough betting against speaker pelosi. >> gregg: very interesting. michael, thanks so much. >> julie: credit card companies operating under different resumes thanks to a bill passed by congress, but they are coming up with new ways, new secret ways to suck the money out of your wallet. what you need to look out for straight ahead. hey! inrease in 6 mths. pete, back it up! ( marker squeaking ) when business travel leaves you drained, re-charge withomfo suites. spacious rooms, free hi-speed internet, d free hot breakfast.
>> julie: bottom of hour, time for the top of the news. mother nature dishing out a nasty weather. on fargo river, teams are making sandbags. 745,000 bags are ready to go. >> gregg: jamie ramirez is a free woman. are releasing her. she is the second american woman linked to a plot to kill a cartoonist. >> julie: speaker nancy pelosi says she is confident she has enough votes to pass health care reform. not saying when the house would take up the vote or how many she has in her back pocket. >> gregg: prime minister of israel trying to smooth over a major diplomatic incident that has strained ties.
during a visit by vice president joe biden last week, he was in the region to discuss pace talks between the israelis and palestinians and the settlement announcement may have undercut the entire purpose of that trip. reena ninan has the story from jerusalem. >> reporter: benjamin netanyahu told his cabinet today to not get carried away and calm down in the latest dispute with the u.s. over housing expansion in east jerusalem. >> netanyahu called it hurtful, especially since the timing could not have been worse, taking a place after israelis and palestinians agreed to restart indirect peace talks and during a trip to joe biden who was in the region trying to gain momentum for peace talks and show israel they have a friend in the white house willing to stand with them against looming iranian threat. they were supposed to ask for a naval blockade against iran.
they moved to damage control when the interior ministry announced plan to build 1600 new housing units in east jerusalem. netanyahu said he has appointed senior officials to look into the snafu but it's not clear if it's enough to smooth it over. >> in an interview, white house press secretary robert gibbs that the apology was a good start but a better start would be coming to the negotiating table with constructive ideas. u.s. middle east envoy george mitchell will come here tuesday to push forward peace talks. >> gregg: thanks. >> julie: a remote canadian mountain looking for unknown number of people possibly buried under an avalanche. it happened yesterday in british columbia. royal canadian police say more than 200 people were on the
slope at the time. at least two are dead. more than 20 were injured. authorities say there is a faint hope of finding survivors. >> gregg: a strong earthquake jolting japan, measuring 6.6 and felt across a large stretch of the country including tokyo. the epicenter hitting 15 miles off the eastern coast of japan. some buildings swaying as the quake hit. police and fire department say there are no reports of casualties or even major damage. it was strong enough to rattle and shake buildings in tokyo. the government says no dangers of a tsunami. >> julie: a smiling henry kiss iger walked out of the hospital. he was treated for stomach pains in seoul. his condition was not serious, doctors say and he was well enough to go home after one day of treatment. he was in seoul to attend a forum.
he served under richard nixon and gerald ford. >> gregg: a big turnout for a tea party convention, more than 2,000 attended the event. keynote speaker was michael reagan, son of ronald reagan. the kind of energy shown by the movement helped his dad get elected. other speakers focused on their opposition to the health care reform bill and government spending. >> julie: saving money is hard enough without having to scour your credit card statements for hidden traps and new unexpected fees. that is not fair. that is exactly what is happening. listen up, for example in the same breath that citibank ceos thanked american taxpayers for the massive bailout, the same company now slapping many of the customers with a $60 a year credit card fee.
dominic is here with some tips to help. wow, what a thank you, thank you taxpayers for your money and now you are going to pay me $60 a year to keep your credit card open. how is it that companies like citibank expect to stay in business. why would not any credit card holder cancel their card? >> they have the option of cancelling the card but in some cases it's the only card they hold. they worry about cancelling the card and reducing the amount of credit available, they hurt their credit scores. >> julie: other unpleasant surprises we should be looking for and you say, waiting for you to screw up? >> these banks, especially the major banks, citibank, chase, these banks that hold 60% of the market. they are losing revenue because of the new rules. they are looking for excuses.
number one excuse is screw up, don't pay the amount on time, they will hit you and hit you hard. >> julie: haven't forgotten about your kids? >> new credit card rules restrict any one under 21 years old. they want the parent to cosign. do not cosign for the child. you will be held responsible and so will your credit score. they are trying to get the kids, get them young and get them on the books early. >> julie: what about rewards can throw you off track. they are very attractive? >> whether it's cash back or the ones you get with the airline ticket. the problem is an attempt to cut costs they are really cutting how much of benefit you are getting back, when the airline tickets will are be available. what slots you get to fly in and out of. they are cutting the value. >> julie: what about deferred
interest plans? >> we see this all the time. you go in and buy a high ticket item, wow, i can pay for this the next 12 months. ly have zero interest. what happens if you don't make your payments on a timely basis, you are on 12 months and one day and you have not paid off that entire balance, you could be looking at retroactive interest from dollar one and typically 28-30%. >> julie: when you travel outside the country, you want a credit card is going to work with you. here is one, we are accepted around the globe but beware of rates? >> i do travel extensively overseas and i count on credit cards to get cash advances. that used to an efficient way to do it. now it can be 2-3% fee per transaction. figure out what it works out to be on yal basis.
>> julie: this one you can get out of, late fees, overdraft fees, atm fees, card fees, fees everywhere you look, i can talk your way out of them if you call up, those overdraft fees have to be taken off? >> you have to be pro-active. you have to get on the phone. it's becoming increasingly more difficult to get the fees waved. $39 billion in overdraft fees alone last year. >> julie: wow! thank you very much. good to see you. >> gregg: extreme sport men are mourning the end of one of the world's most eccentric competitions. yes, who can forget it, the annual cheese rolling race in england, runners chasing a wheel of cheese down a steep slope.
you have to be hungry to do that. it's been axed over safety concerns. it attracted 15,000 fans, more than the organizers could handle. some good news, they do hope address the crowd problems and bring it back. a few broken legs, torn ligaments, need i go on? >> julie: what is in their minds when they choose to do this. >> gregg: there could be a little alcohol involved, i'm just guessing. >> julie: it's absolutely ridiculous. >> gregg: it looks fun though. i love cheese. >> julie: you can eat all the cheese you want, don't go rolling down the hill. what goes on inside north korea is a mystery but a man has come out of hiding and providing an inside look at life alongside the dictator. i'm at the doctor getting my shoulder looked at.
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watch of him in considering in his dealings with north korea, they better. >> gregg: children's advocates group claiming was bullied by the disney company. now it may go to court. the evidence and potential damages when we talked to our legal experts coming up next. don't go away. ddddddddd
>> gregg: an organization that released a study damaging to disney's baby einstein videos evicted from the home in mental health center in boston. now, the organization's campaign for a commercial free childhood claims that disney conspired to force them out. so if true, can they sue disney? how would you prove something like this? joining us is robert massy and a professor of law.
paul, literally the day after the campaign wins this big victory over disney and disney has to refund money to parents, they get contacted by their landlords at harvard university expressing unhappiness with their activities. lo and behold the landlord at children's mental health service qefs that disney contacted them three times to complain. can disney beside for this? >> there is a civil lawsuit for money damages called tortois interference for economic damages, the concept is if you have a business relationship with somebody else and somebody interferes with that improperly, you can be sued for damages. technically i think the campaign for a commercial free childhood has the basis of a lawsuit against disney. we have to hear all the facts in
the case, but there is the possibility they could sue disney. >> gregg: bob, here is what the head of ctfc says, i'll quote it and put it up on the screen. the landlord informed us they didn't want us to talk to the press or to say anything about baby einstein. they suggested to me disney was threatening to sue judge baker children's center. well, there is nothing wrong with threatening legal action. you lawyers do that all the time don't you? >> listen, first of all. how about the good first amendment. they have a right to express it. here is the problem, if we were representing a nonprofit organization, there is a balancing act here because they do a good job, do what they are supposed to do but they can't implode their organization. they have to be careful. it may be legally actionable as paul said. the question is what are the
damages but more importantly it's not always about litigation is it about a win or risk on benefit. it may be we don't know what the lease says, if there is a termination clause where either party could say 30 days out, but practically speaking when you are advising an organization like this you do not necessarily say, hey, let's go fight it in court. in the long run it may not be to their benefit. >> the other thing on the first amendment. a lot of people, say the first amendment, constitution, right to free speech, it protects people. it doesn't protect a private corporation at all. it may protect you as a citizen, but in terms of the first amendment protecting a private corporation in its relationship with another private corporation it really doesn't apply. this has to do with contracts and whether a subcontract violated and whether there is the basis of a lawsuit. you know something, it's a tough lawsuit. it's not an easy road for them.
>> gregg: i think you are right about that. the doctor says he was told by his bosses that he could not criticize corporations in america even if those corporations are exploiting and thus harming children. any legal harm in that? >> obviously, i agree with paul, as it relates to that. first amendment doesn't go there. the question is, if you know it's a business relationship -- don't forget, harvard probably pulled out this because we don't know the business relationship between harvard and disney, we don't know the donation connection they have. most importantly they don't want to get involved in some kind of lawsuit with disney. so when you have organizations that go in and doing good, there is a possibility, this is one of those david and goliath
situations and all too often, they get hammered. they may need to get under the radar but when you attack a big company, unfortunately still in america, those who have the gold make the gold rule. >> gregg: judge baker khiws center insist they received no money nor any promise of money from disney in the future. does that alter the equation? >> i think it does alter this equation. you have to wonder why would they care. unless disney is funding them and supporting them in some way, why would they care and try to throw out one of their tenants. the underlying reason is the organization was getting funding from disney and they are threatening to withdraw it involving the lease, then you would have a provable case. it's getting pretty vague. "have my doubts you'll see a
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captioning by, closed captioning services, inc. >> julie: hello, welcome back, i'm julie bandaras. >> gregg: i'm gregg jarrett, welcome to a new hour of america's news headquarters, the mid-atlantic states reeling from a huge storm system bringing winds up to 70 miles per hour, and flash flooding. we're tracking the storm's path. >> julie: joe biden is telling israel america stands behind them in keeping iran from awearing nuclear weapons, but -- acquiring nuclear weapons but was the administration prepared to do -- what was the administration prepared to do to stop iran. >> gregg: and voter registration fraud against the group acorn and the department of justice is putting the brakes on investigating further. >> julie: severe downpours and high winds making life really difficult in the northeast, and row of power lines, falling, like dominos in new york city, wow, look, nearly half a million
people were left without power in the region and the streets of new york, they are littered with blown out umbrellas from the high winds, laura ingle is live in sea bright new jersey, and it is, at least, not raining. >> reporter: we have gone back and forth all day long, coming down hard at times and other times more of a mist and now we are getting a lot of strong wind and street flooding, downed power lines and fallen industries and beach erosion, nothing new to the folks here, of sea bright, new jersey and they are used to what mother nature can dole out but the locals say, this weekend, this time, this storm was different and that is this is case along a lot of the east coast from stat in island and they had so many reports of fallen trees and in long island they were hammered as well, 100 trees came down at
state parks during the storm and power lines, one of the big problems, taken down like toothpicks, all over new york, the trunks too saturated to hold on and the earth gave way and 500,000 people across the northeast lost power throughout the weekend and utility krus have been working around the clock to get power estored as fast as they can and the biggest concern for firefighters and residents is flipping the switch back on and dealing with the possible electrical fire, one fire department here told us today. loss of power and high winds qualified traffic in pennsylvania and new york and planes and trains delayed and roads turned into rivers and things are more than messy for beam like bill, somebody we met today, who spent the day drying out his wife's car, which had several inches of water, creeping in. >> this is linda's 1994
corvette, we tried to get to high ground last night and was running two hours because we were trying to dry it out. >> reporter: well, as you can see, there, bill got most of his car dried out and a lot of the backyard as well and the water has gone down and one of the main problems, jersey has to deal with along the shoreline is beach erosion and you can see a little bit of it here now, and new jersey state officials had to pump 50 million cubic yards of sand into the beaches over the last several years, and, as many officials can tell you that is not cheap. so, when storms like this happen it costs a lot of people a lot of money. back to you. >> julie: all right, laura ingle, thank you very much. >> gregg: much of the same story, all along the east coast, in west virginia, flooding is a major concern there and cars submerged up to their windows, in fayette county, any relief in sight? domenica davis is live in the fox weather center and it is an extreme weather center today.
>> certainly is! and we have very impressive rain totals and when you see the totals a lot of these are single-day record breakers especially in philadelphia, new york, central park. look at that. 3.86, what they picked up with yesterday and that is not even counting the rain that fell this morning and, very impressive totals, we'll have to add to them by the day's end and a lot of basements are flooded and we are dealing with major flooding problems. that are going to stick around, for the next couple of days. the storm system now has pushed to the north, and i don't know why my machine is not going, but the storm system now pushed to the north, and the heaviest rainfall, is over new england, where we will see 3-5 inches, and we got down through the mid-atlantic is going to move to the north, and the storm system pulls out of here by tomorrow, afternoon, finally, but, in the meantime it is still going to be a wet one, and, sorry there, i don't know why they are not going.
>> gregg: i think you have water in your garage door opener there, on your hand! >> i bet you i did. a good explanation, i'm sticking to that story. >> gregg: all right, see you later, domenica. okay. guys. >> julie: it is approaching high noon for the health care show down on capitol hill, and this week will the house -- the house expecting a vote on the president's plan to overhaul the health care system and republicans are ready to vote the bill dead on arrival, and the sunday talk shows, buzzing with the legislation. that could impact every man, woman and child in this country. julie kirtz joins us live from washington. hi there, julie. >> reporter: julie, a prediction from white house press secretary robert gibbs, this morning, he said the bill will pass this week and the white house will be happy to have the november midterm congressional elections fought over health care reform, and it is the president's top domestic priority now and the scramble is onto win over wavering dems, and as we speak the president is sure the 216 needed to pass it in the house
which is the first step predicts victory and why is he confident? here's what gibbs said earlier today. >> i think the american people understand and i think there is growing momentum in congress, that we can't do nothing. that what happened -- happens if we walk away from reform right now, is what has happened to millions of americans who are getting letters from their health insurance companies that their insurance premiums are skyrocketing. >> reporter: but the latest fox tally of where the votes stand, right now, in the house, show 211, announced votes, for the senate health care bill, and 220 against and that means the white house and democrats still need five more votes, and, so the arguments press on today. >> the votes will be there, our members are going home to their constituents, opening up their mail and getting huge increases in their insurance premiums. >> there is a reason why we are here today and the vote still
has not been taken because a large portion of chris's caucus does not support the bill, 6 out of 10 americans don't support the bill. >> reporter: dems who are still on the fence are waiting for a number from the congressional budget office on what some of the still to be negotiated fixing will really cost and, meanwhile, the president heads to ohio, tomorrow, for another one of those campaign-style health care events. to drive the argument home and will meet with a cancer patient, the white house said had to choose between keeping her expensive insurance and losing her home, a story the white house hopes will win over a few more people, especially those on capitol hill, julie. >> julie: julie kirtz, live in washington, thank you very much, jewel i. >> gregg: house minority leader john boehner saying the g.o.p. can gain control of the house in the midterm election. can that really be done? and, would democratic holdouts on the health care bill change their votes, if they thought it would help them keep their majority? joining us now to talk about it, g.o.p. pollster and strategist, adam geller. and, fox news contributor, susan
estrich, former dukakis campaign manager, susan, is it cocky for john boehner to talk about taking over or is it a shrewd shu maneuver on his part to get democrats worried about the upcoming vote, and giving pause? >> well, i think that is his goal here. i mean, this is heavy duty inside politics now and what the republicans are trying to do is convince wavering democrats that if you like being here, and you like your jobs, vote no. the problem is, there is nothing like the president in the oval office and looking you in the eyes and saying, bob, suzy, gregg, adam, i need you and that is tough to say. >> gregg: the midterm elections are not for another 8 months and in the world of politics that is a heck of a long time.
is it unseemably for john boehner to project his coronation and trying on the emperor's suit already. >> it's not unseemly. it is funny, i agree with susan on one point, i feel bad for some of these blue dog democrats who are just between a rock and a hard place on this thing, because, if nationally, 55, 60% disapprove of the plan in their districts, purposal districts, even lean republican districts, this -- disapproval of the plan can be higher, and they are in a tough spot. >> gregg: i want to ask you about that, susan, all this polls are consistent, not just ours, the american public doesn't like the bills, don't want the bills, and get rid of them, start over, too expensive, et cetera, et cetera and going along with that is the notion that there is going to be hell to pay, come november. if they go against the will of the american people. which is worse politically, for democrats? passing the health care bill, or
failing to pass the health care bill? >> oh, i think failing to pass the health care bill. for the democratic party as a whole and certainly for the president. >> gregg: really? >> it is much worse. absolutely, because, then you have your top legislative priority and you got elected with a mandate and you have accomplished nothing and, you know, that is a very tough situation. on the other hand, 8, 9 months from now, however many months it is, those polls -- polls are just a snapshot, where we are today and send mower of those renewal notices out there with 39% increases in health care, and do nothing, and it could be bad for the republicans, too, because, then you will have democrats -- >> gregg: no. >> democrats saying we tried and wanted to get it through and they -- lame duck. >> gregg: if they don't pass he can pivot and say, look, i tried and let's move on. and, you know, the american people would probably move on as well but if he continues to push this and the more that comes out
about it the more americans don't like about it and comes ta pass it will be a festering wound, and, come november, boy, what do you think? >> well, i think that, you know, there are certainly many, many ways in which they can pass an incremental change and it is a false choice to say pass nothing doorstrosity and i disagree with susan, if they pass the bill it is devastating for blue dog democrats and i think is very very, harmful to the democratic caucus as a whole, and, i do think that speaker boehner -- there i know -- >> gregg: you just busted yourself, adam! >> we caught him! >> yes, you know i have to tell you, this is a tough piece of legislation, for these democrats. you know, who are in these swing districts. >> gregg: susan, last question. under current law, federal tax dollars are not to be used for
abortions. the senate bill arguably allows for it. that is debatable. congressman bart stupak... >> that's right. >> gregg: debatable. congressman bart stupak now claims that his fellow democrat, henry waxman, confessed to him the truth when he said, quote, we want to pay for aportions. what do you make of that? >> oh, i mean, i'd like to pay for abortions, too. i think if you have a constitutional law it is not very meaningful if you don't have any money to pay for it but what henry waxman would like to do is not necessarily what the senate bill does to. and, watch for some kind of effort to come up with an authoritative interpretation of the senate bill, that says, no federal dollars. this is not about what henry wants but what the senate bill says. >> gregg: waxman says, federal tax dollars will be used for abortions and the president and speaker and harry reid say that
is not true and somebody is lying here, adam. who is it? >> i have to tell you, it seems to me that federal funding is going to be used, until i see it otherwise. remember, we don't know what is in the bill, right, until -- as speaker pelosi says, until we pass it we will not know what is in it and it's tough to say because nobody has read it. >> gregg: we'll wait an see, adam geller and susan estrich, good to see you both, thank you. >> good to be here. >> thank you. >> julie: a protest against the democrats' health care bill and hundreds of demonstrators gathering at the state capitol urging the u.s. congress to kim the health care overhaul bill and congresswoman michelle bachman calling the measure a government health takeover that would lead to unaffordable costses and the minnesota congressman john klein also attending the rally. >> gregg: and this los angeles dodgers ending their visit to taiwan, in victory, the team defeat the taiwanese all stars
in the exhibition series and the score was 11-1:and adam housely got to spend time with the team before the big win and filed this report: >> reporter: an hour-and-a-half train ride, and reaching speeds up to 188 miles an hour we arave here, in the oven end of the country, and it is warm and the batting practice is going on, after a rainout in game 2, you can see batting practice in taiwan is like you find it in the states. >> i think baseball will be the same, here in the u.s., taiwan, chinese, anywhere in the world it will be the same. >> reporter: manny ramirez one of the stars who came on the trip and players, coaches, managers, major league baseball happy with the trip to taiwan and they hope other countries will be doing the same, australia or europe and after the game, 12-and-a-half hours more on a plane 27 hours all
told and, joe torre will give them a township of days off, that's season starts in a few weeks. adam housely, fox news. >> julie: joe biden saying he u.s. will not stand for iran bet getting ahold of nuclear weapons and is the administration prepared to back those words up with those actions, michael goodwin joins us next with his take. lindsey vonn,@ she stays tough! earlier, she had an all-over, achy cold. what's her advantage? it's speedy alka-seltzer. alka-seltzer plus. rushes relief for all-over, achy colds. the official cold medicine of the u.s. ski team. alka-seltzer plus. the smell of home made chili whatever scents fill your household, purina tidy cats scoop helps neutralize odors in multiple cat homes... keeping your house smelling like it should. purina tidy cats scoop. keep your home smelling like home.
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>> gregg: here's a look at our top stories, this sunday a series of bombings in a major afghan city claimed dozens of lives, and the explosions went off in kandahar, a taliban strong hold in the southern part of afghanistan. kandahar, the focus of a major nato offensive, expected later this year. toyota says they cannot make it happen again. not the way a driver says his prius went out of control, and a memo to congress, toyota says every time the technicians put the gas and the brake to the floor at the same time the engine shut off. and, across the northeast, vicious storms left half a million people in the dark, and plenty of damage. heavy rain and winds have batter the regioned, all weekend long and today power crews are
working to try and get the electricity restored. >> julie: vice president joe biden making it clear the u.s. will do what it takes to keep iran from acquiring nuclear weapons. his remarks came during a visit to israel this past week. but will the white house back up those words with actions? joining us now is fab contributor and "new york post" columnist, michael goodwin, good to have you on, as always, and the vice president said the u.s. is determined to prevent iran from acquiring nuclear weapons, period. very strong words, from the vice president. and, you give him kudos on your column, the question is, will the president back him up? >> well, i would assume the president is on board with it. it would be quite shocking if joe biden were on sort of off the reservation. i do think it is important, too, julie that he said it in israel. because israel is this first country iran says it will use nuclear weapons against and, will wipe israel off the face of the earth.
so, it is significant that biden went there, to say that. because, the israelis are concerned that america has been getting ready to accept israel -- iranian nuclear weapons and israel itself has been talking about a strike of its own, a military strike of its own, because it believes it cannot exist if iran has a nuclear weapon. >> julie: not only does israel want the united states to put the pressure on iran, i mean, even the french, the president there, nicholas sarkozy, france's president, felt the need to scold obama for not confronting mahmoud ahmadinejad. how much longer do all of these countries have to criticize the president of the united states, for not coming down hard enough on iran, and how much longer will obama's nonaction to stop eastern before israel is forced to undertake military straks of its own. >> there are a lot of unknowns in those questions and first of all, our arab allies in the renal, egypt, jordan, saudi arabia, none of them want iran
to get the nuclear weapon. this is not as though they agree that it would be nice to have a muslim bomb. they are terrified of iran's intentions in the region. so, it is very much an issue, among our allies, and, as well as israel, and of course, biden said it was a great threat to the united states. as well. so, there are a lot of things, impinging on this, as you said, sarkozy in france and nobody in europe, wants iran to get a nuclear weapon and the question now is, okay, the u.s. finally said what had not been saying for the last year while it was engaging iran, trying to get iran through the u.n., and through a group of nations talking to get iran to voluntarily stop enriching uranium, we know that didn't work, now... >> julie: that will not happen, iran is never going to voluntarily stop enriching uranium. so... >> it certainly seems that and even the move to sanctions is unlikely, if iran wants to get the bomb, and wants to use it, sanctions are not going to stop it. so, the question is, can we get
the world united in some way, so ultimately iran realizes it has no other option, either to go to war or give up the enrichment. that seems to be what we are working on now. >> julie: you say many israelis fear the u.s. has thrown in the towel and boy is that scary, if israelis feel that way and the rest of the world will view the u.s. that way, the terrorists will view the united states that way, as long as that perception is out there, especially in the middle east, where we are fighting, how many wars? i mean, you know, and all of them being fueled by iran. how is it going to affect our u.s. troops, as they fight these wars, knowing that iran is fueling them? >> iran is certainly causing lots of death and destruction, through its militias and through its transfer of weapons and material. to iraq, to afghanistan, and, certainly, there are connections between, we believe, anyway, between militant islamic groups and border regions of pakistan, probably, getting help from
iran, too, so, iran is the major sponsor of terrorism, in the world, today. and, the notion that it would have nuclear weapons, rightfully scares everyone but i think the -- we should go back, now, what has happened with biden saying this, i think, that israel will now take some comfort, but it will not be long before the united states will have to take action, otherwise, israel will, once began, begin to feel that the united states is not leading the way and i must say i was in israel recently and everybody there is pretty much in agreement, that israel will do a military strike, unless the united states finds some way to stop eastern. so, that is what is at stake here and joe biden said it was clearly designed to keep israel from taking the military action now and he created space for the united states, but, the united states is going to have to respond now by really doing something. >> julie: yeah, i mean, i guess after they ps health care. -- pass health care, i don't know, all right. michael goodwin, thank you very
much. >> gregg: the community after the group acorn in critics' sights again, voter registration fraud and, a deal by the administration, shut down the criminal investigation and "wall street journal" columnist john fund joins us to break it all done. nature knows just how much water vegetables need. so, to turn those vegetables into campbell's condensed soup, we don't boil it down, our chefs just add less water from the start. ♪ so many, many reasons ♪ it's so m'm! m'm! good! ♪
releasing jamie pollin ramirez from custody, accused of being part of a terrorist plot to kill a swedish cartoonist who anythingered muslims. >> julie: half a dozen states have to freeze state tax refunds or consider doing so due to budget shortfalls, alabama, north carolina, kansas, idaho and new york. >> julie: and floodwaters washing out more than 20 roads in clay county, minnesota, for residents there, busy making sandbags to protect each other's farms and homes. >> gregg: acorn back in the news. a new report from the nonpartisan conservative foundation judicial watch, shining a spotlight on allegations of voter registration fraud and pointing out a move by the obama administration, putting the brakes on a criminal investigation of acorn, john fund is a columnist for the "wall street journal" and joins us live, john, good to see you. before we get to shutting down the investigation, before we get to that, judicial watch got hits
hands on a bunch of new documents, what did we learn about more fraud and corruption allegedly perpetrated by acorn? >> well, we have learned that in state after state, whether it was missouri or whether it was wisconsin, or whether it was ohio, there were reports that came in, from fbi field office, all around the country, to the justice department, saying this is a problem. and, as we know they were -- the offices were raided in nevada by a democratic attorney general, democratic secretary of state and all of this came in and there was an active fbi investigation and in march it was decided there is not enough evidence here and let's shut it down and the only thing that happened between the election in '08 and march 2009 is, the obama administration came tone office in january. -- came into office in january. >> gregg: 7-year-old child registered to vote by acorn through a forged signature and fake with certificate and the child was actually 27 years old
and the list goes on and on, right? it is that sort of stuff? >> well, ohio was so bad, that last week, we had a big development, there was a private lawsuit filed in ohio last year by the buckeye statute, and what they said is, this acorn is so lawless it is effectively operating like an organized crime unit. in terms of trying to subvert the election process and last week acorn stopped fighting the lawsuit an agreed as part of an out-of-court settlement to give up their business license on monday, leave the state and never come back, under either acorn or any other name and that is big news, an admission by acorn that something was wrong. >> gregg: because they knew, were caught red handed engaging in, essentially, racketeering and the fbi and the department of justice opened up criminal investigations, suddenly, as you point out, the obama administration shuts it all down, claiming, well, acorn really broke no laws. let me quote the president of judicial watch. given president obama's close
connection to acorn including his campaign hiring of acorn's project vote organization it seems obvious, why attorney general holder has failed to seriously investigate these alleged acorn criminal activities. do you suspect he halted the criminal investigation because of the president's connection? >> i don't know, but i'll tell you, what all previous administrations probably would have done in something like this. they would have voluntarily appointed an independent prosecutor. because, look, the president used to be acorn's lawyer. the obama campaign in 2008 as up pointed out, hired an acorn affiliate to do get out the vote work and anything like this represents a conflict of interest investing them and they should have appointed an independent prosecutor which was done in other cases including the valerie plame case in the bush administration. >> gregg: of the 137 political appointees of the department of justice, 21 apparently, that is about 15%, have connections to acorn.
congressman darrell issa calls that political favoritism. does he have a point or is he mistaken? >> i didn't know that number, it is astonishing, frankly and, again points out, something is clearly wrong, because in the states, wisconsin, for example, last week, five acorn employees indicted by the attorney general and prosecutors for voter registration fraud and washington, no investigating, no hearing in congress, no investigating of the just department, as if, literally the investigations at acorn stop as soon as they reach the potomac river. >> gregg: the new york airport was famously shut down when a chinese student slipped into the terminal secured area. what happened to the tsa guard that let him through? >> well, i use the new york airport a lot and i'm astonnished what happened and makes my head hurt, the guard who left his post and let the
guy into the security zone, shut down the airport 6 hours and delayed flights for thousands of people was put on two months paid administrative leave and went back to work yesterday, and, two things we aren't being told by the government, we won't be given his name and we will not be given any -- giving any details on discipline but he's back on the job at his old post and the discipline couldn't have been severe and imagine in the private sector somebody being treated that way, it goes to show you public employees unions, basically can literally protect even the most incompetent of employees from actual disciplinary action. >> gregg: public employees, paid by taxpayer dollars and we're not allowed to know who it is. that is interesting. john fund, the "wall street journal." as always, many thanks, john. >> thank you. >> julie: dangerous disease spreading at a hospital of all places. 8 cases of legionnaire's disease reported in wisconsin. hospital officials reaching out to anyone who was in the aurora st. luke's south shore hospital, between the dates of february
24th and march 10th. and legionnaire's disease is spread by breathing air that has bacteria in it. >> gregg: in rainy new york city, today, the legends of aerospace tour, making a stop at the intrepid sea, air and space museum and, the first and last men to walk on the moon, neil armstrong and jean certain anyone and the demander of the apollo 13 mission, captain jim lovell. they took a brief tour of the museum and spoke about their personal experiences, in life. and in space. >> julie: military families are making tremendous sacrifices to defend our freedoms and the ramos family, dad serves on the eisenhower and mom holds done the fort raising 6 kids, greg burke shows us how they keep it together. >> the petty officer, juan, begins every day listening to far away voices. >> love you dad. >> reporter: he says the record messages on the father's day
card, he keeps under his pillow help him stay focused. reminding him why it is, he shares cramped living quarters with 8 other sailors a short walk from the one of the most isolated and dangerous workplaces madgeable. >> because i know i'm here for my kids and my wife, ultimately, above all, they are my... >> reporter: the supervisor on the uss eisenhower. up to six months at a time, the crowded carrier is his home. but he also has another one. >> you have a grilled cheese. how many times have i asked you. >> reporter: virginia beach his wife and their six children, gear up for another weekend without dad around. bridgett ramos is one of tens of thousands of american spouses who cope the best they can that's country fights two wars simultaneouslies. it is a side of military service not often seen. >> i'm here and i feel bad, i deal with a lot out here but not as much as what she is doing at
home, you know. >> it's a lot harder than what i thought it would be with him being gone, so often. >> reporter: in a career of 11 years, juan ramos already spent nine years at sea and he knows, perhaps better than most, what kind of sacrifices are entitled in a navy career, especially, what it means to be separated from your family for so long. >> sometimes you can be on known and behaving good conversation and it cuts out on you and you don't get line back and the e-mail goes down and so flexibility is key. >> hello? >> hey, baby, how are you doing. >> fine, how are you. >> reporter: and there is a family readiness program, it opens up lines of communication. >> hey, isabella! >> reporter: it helps with the ability to communicate with the families back home. >> reporter: juan takes pride in what he does, despite the hardships. like shipping out after the 9/11
attacks the morning after his son was born. my wife, she was in the recovery room and said bye, you know and watched us deploy on tv. >> he missed a lot, you know? victoria, he wasn't here for when she was born and met her when she was three months. >> reporter: juan may be the one serving at sea but his family knows, what it means to be in the navy. >> say hi, daddy. >> hi, dade. >> love you! >> love you! >> on the uss eisenhower, greg burke, fox news. >> gregg: why this is face of a dictator thought to be responsible for the deaths of millions being plastered across billboards in russia? well, many russians are asking that same question, and, kremlin leaders say he's a symbol of russian victory and critics say he'ses a mass murderer, a report from moscow, next.
>> julie: a small plane forcing to make an emergency landing on a highway here san diego, look at this. can you imagine, the pilot of the experimental plane was able to land without causing any injuries. or damage on the ground and he says he was taking his plane on a pleasure flight a nearby airport and the engine quit. and drivers in the other lane getting an unusual sight of the plane as it sits on the road and
deputies closed the area to traffic until cleanup crews could haul it away and he was flying with his mom and may never want to fly again. >> gregg: can't blame him. a search underway for a missing firefighter on a water rescue mission and his boat capsized in a swollen river and other rescue teams are fanning out along the river bang looking for signs of him in the raging waters and four other firefighters taken to the local hospital to be checked out. >> julie: a revival of the memory of stalin in russia, the soviet dictator responsible for the deaths of millions of his own countrymen portrayed in a new light, supporters cannot erase the man from history, but, critics and many people that lived through the authoritarian rule say the kremlin is trying to rewrite history. dana lewis in moscow with more. >> reporter: joseph stalin has a cv any mass murderer would be
proud of, responsible for at least 20 million deaths and 30 years the paranoid leader of the soviet union murdered millions. stalin coined the phrase, one death is a tragedy, and a millions deaths a statistic. he ruled through terror. randomly sending hundreds of thousands to gulags or work camps and assassinating the rest, he died in 1953 and is getting an im make makeover in russia, the head of the moscow city advertising committee confirms his face will soon be plastered on billboards here. part of the celebrations honoring the soviet victory over the germans in world war ii. designs being finalized but it could look like this. >> we do not say that he was not a criminal. we're only saying he was the commander-in-chief when the soviet union played a leading role in defeating nazi germany. and we cannot erase him from history. recently the city replaced and in description in the metro station, praising him.
and, president medvedev formed a history commission to counter what the kremlin sees as anti-russian propaganda and textbooks now describe him as a good manager. the organization for security and cooperation in europe recently passed a resolution saying, stalin was equally responsible as germany's hitler for mass genocide in europe and why do some russian leaders wants to resurrect his soviet era cult image, when they realized he was responsible for the deaths of millions, a lot of them his own countrymen, critics say the kremlin wants to altar history for a reason. >> they try again control minds of people and control ideology. >> stalin is simply i kind of justification for the growth of authoritarianism. of authoritarian rule here in the country. >> reporter: many russians hate him. so many people suffered from this man, generations of people who are still alive, she says, and families, good, kind, smart
people, simply vanished. and many historians argue, russia helped defeat nazi germany in spite of stalin's leadership, making the billboards more scandalous. in moss currency markets dana lewis, fox news. >> gregg: thanks, and the good thing about making mistakes in life, sometimes you can learn from them but medical mistakes doctors fear may be keeping life-saving lessons from coming to life and there is a push to change that and our medical a-team joins us next with details. don't go away. [ pearl ] i bought this piece of property
>> gregg: welcome back, a look at our top stories, a series of bombings in a major afghan city claiming dozens of lives. the explosion going off in kandahar, a taliban strong hold, in southern afghanistan. kandahar is the focus now of a major nato offensive, expected later this year. toyota says it cannot make it happen again, not the way the driver says his prius went outs of control. in a memo to congress, toyota says every time the technicians put the gas and the brake to the floor at the same time the engine shut off. and across the northeast, vicious storms have left half a million people in the dark and
plenty of damage. heavy rain and winds, have battered the region all weekend long and today, power crews working to try to get electricity restored. >> julie: they say to err is human and in the medical field mistakes can be deadly. but, fear of repercussions can leave some mistakes unreported, at the expense of patient safety. but, now, there is a push to encourage more transparency, and less fear among medical professionals, joining me now from the fox medical a-team, dr. kumar, of mt. sinai medical center in new york and good have you on and doctors are supposed to report mistakes they make but the reality is doctors are afraid of being punished and lawsuits. so, if doctors are held to more transparency, how is that going to change the culture in which doctors work? >> well, you know, currently, now we do have what we call
medical morbidity and mortality conferences and mistakes are brought forth to discuss, amongst your peers and that can be from the residents to the attendings to the chairman of the department and what we are discussing is this complication that occurred and deaths that occurred to find out why it happened and was it due to human error, due to patient disease. or mistake in a judgment, and that already exists and works great for an in-hospital situation, where mistake happens and the patient is in the hospital and that is usually reported by the resident or potentially, attending staff to the chairman, and where it fails is where, outpatient setting and the private practices where doctors are now basically in a position where they can volunteer the information, volunteer the mistake and that is difficult to do, because we live in a litigious society and doctors are afraid of being sued even if they are told, studies show that if you apologize to
the patients, the chances are they will not sue you, but, we still live in that society. and, the other part, component of it, is that doctors and nurses are often afraid of being held as the scapegoat in a situation where mistakes are made and this is where the culture needs to change. we need to stop making the nurses and the doctors scapegoats, and start creating a situation where if mistakes are made they are reported and then protocols are set up where they say, okay. this person was not the first or last person to make the mistake and let's set up a protocol to fix the intasituation or if a p kol was not -- protocol was not followed. >> julie: this seems scary, they are less likely to report outpatient mistakes. >> again it is because of the culture we live in and sometimes a slight mistake is overlooked because the outcome is the same and let's say during a code, a
medication was given that maybe was given at the wrong time or the wrong -- or wrong dose was given but the patient survived and it gets overlooked. we don't want that to happen and want mistakes to be reported, because, ultimately the priority is safety, for the patient, and, also, important for cost containment. >> julie: i guess, medical schools need to do more to educate future doctors to decrease future medical errors, i mean, where i guess is the pressure being put? on the medical students? because, once you're in the medical field, as doctors it is hard to change your ways. >> and the pressure is put on hospital administration, medicare as a result will not -- is no longer paying for complications that occur because of mistakes made in the hospital. so, the administration is now -- administrations are under pressure to make sure there is good, quality insurance and they are doing that and there is more, there is much more importance placed on quality
assurance in the hospital and is important to maintain their reputation and market themselves well and again for the medicare reimbursement. but the pressure does -- should go into the medical schools and training, and -- training the young physicians coming out, to make good decision, to not be afraid to report errors, and, to know what protocols to follow, baus because, again it is about patient safety. >> julie: doctor, thank you very much. >> thank you. >> gregg: that will do it for us. we hope you have a great week, coming up. >> julie: and i hope that you find a kerosene heater. this guy has got no heat... much of the northeast, catch me in an hour, on the fox report at 7:00 p.m. eastern. ?
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